Naturopathy for hair loss

 

Hair loss is surprisingly more common than you might expect.  I see many women who hair loss is what drives them to seek help.  This can be very emotionally distressing.  It can cause lower self-esteem, decrease mood, and attitude.  Stress and depression can lead to more hair loss.  This can occur due to a variety of issues.  Women loose hair as commonly as men do.  Estrogen acts as a protection for hair, which is why you never see hair loss known as “male pattern baldness.”

A person’s hair says a lot about your overall health.  When going through a crisis, the body puts all its energies into other cells and not hair growth.  Your hair health is one of the first signs of trouble.  Hair is made up of a protein called keratin, which is produced in the hair follicles in the outer layer of the skin.  It is normal to lose 50 to 150 strands a day.

  • Genetic is the most common cause.
  • Alopecia areata is an autoimmune disease which causes the hair to fall out in patches. Hair follicles are attacked by immune system, often regrows within 2 years.  You will see black spots where hair grows and hair regrows from center back.  You may see exclamation point hairs along the edges.

Sometimes trauma, stress, pregnancy, or illness precedes the hair loss.

  • Telogen effluvium is a condition where a lot of hair will fall out in short time.

Childbirth, high fever, severe illness, and high stress are all contributing factors.  The majority of hair will grow back within 3 -4 months.

  • Medications can be a major cause of hair loss that is often overlooked. 

Isotretinoin (accutane), allopurinol (aloprim, zyloprim), coumadin (warfarin), chemotherapeutic agents, antithyroid meds, prozac (fluoxetine), Zoloft (sertraline), beta blockers, cholesterol medications, and birth control pills are all potential causes.

  • Menopause can initiate hair loss for some ladies.
  • Hypothyroid is a major cause for hair loss.
  • Underlying disease such as diabetes, lupus can also cause hair loss.
  • Malnutrition, undernutrition, nutritional deficiency
    • Absorption issues
    • Look at skin and nails as well
    • Celiac disease
    • Iron and zinc deficiency and vitamin deficiency

Chemicals, over-styling, coloring, relaxers and perms can all cause hair loss.  SLS – or sodium lauryl sulfate can cause hair loss.  SLS is in many, many shampoos.  If you are already experiencing hair loss, you may want to start here to eliminate.  It builds up in the follicles and can cause hair loss.

Dermatitis, psoriasis, ringworm, and infections are all causes of hair loss.  It is important to make sure your practitioner examines the skin of your scalp.

Natural medicine is a great choice for hair loss.  Hair loss is an extension of the internal body.  It is always important to have someone look at your health systemically.  A head to toe evaluation including blood-work is essential to begin determine the best approach.

Homeopathy is a great first line approach to treating hair loss which is not genetic.  I get great results when I determine the right remedy.  Hair loss can be highly individual and may occur for different reasons for different people.  What I love about homeopathy is it works beautifully and holistically and is individualized.

Thyroid is a huge reason for hair loss.  A thorough blood work up including antibodies is essential in determining the cause of hair loss.

Always bring your medication list with you when you come in.  A complete review of oral medications is also necessary.  Combinations of drugs can also be a precipitating factor, especially if they are cleared via the same enzyme in the liver, ex. Cytochrome P450.

food allergy test and organic acid test can determine if there are absorption issues 
from the gut.  Gut health is important in all disorders and hair loss is definitely on the list.

Heavy metal exposure is important to rule out.  Lead and mercury are both highly toxic as individually, but when combined in the body their toxicity is not double, but exponential.  A pre-challenge and post-challenge test can determine body burden of toxic metals.

Stress and hormonal disruption are also causes of hair loss.  Sometimes the death of a loved one, financial stress, childbirth, illness, or chronic on going stress can take its toll on your health.  Often, we see the hair l
oss occur months after the stressful event.  Hormonally, we look at salivary hormones to determine hormone status.  Progesterone and estrogen can be replaced naturally which does more for the body than just stop hair loss, but protect menopausal women from bone loss.

People who live under constant unending stress, the body simply cannot keep up.  So
many people are carrying heavy burdens in this modern world.

If you suffer from hair loss, come see us.  We love to help.  We must find the cause of your hair loss.  Nutrition is essential, providing rich nutrients to your hair and body.  We must test to make sure you are digesting your food properly and able to assimilate your nutrients.

Avoid over-styling your hair. http://www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com/2012/03/homemade-coconut-milk-shampoo.html

This is a great link to homemade shampoo.  It saves money and is natural for your hair.

Avoid tugging, over-brushing, tight hairdos, and excess dieting.

http://www.spectracell.com/ This link takes you to a blood test that looks at micronutrients in the body.  I like to start here, it gives a direct approach to precisely what your body needs.

Nutritionally, it is wise to start with avoiding anything that causes inflammation, such as sugar and wheat.  Organic, range free meat, healthy fats such as coconut oil and krill oil, seeds, nuts, and eggs are all good nutrient rich foods.

 

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